|Good News - March 2018
Doing Your Best…
Welcome to the season of Lent,
2018! This is also known as the craziest time of the year for most pastors and
worship leaders, especially this one (I’m known for having other names for the
season as Holy Week draws closer). That means I made a crazy decision to dive
into all the objectives I put out during our year-end meeting. The new website
is almost there, our engagement on
social media is ramping up and the podcast is up and running, among other
things. All of these are good for our community, but the number of plates in
the air feels like it has tripled some days. And Holy Week hasn’t even arrived!
I have been studying a few
pastors and media specialists over this year as I try to develop these ideas.
One of them, a pastor around Toronto, had an interesting take on crazy seasons,
especially for those who have timelines and deadlines with few lifelines to
keep them sane through it all. If you are one of those folks, I want to share
the idea (and if you have no timelines or deadlines in your week, then perhaps
you know somebody you can share this
We all try to manage our time
when things get crazy. The problem with that is that no amount of efficiency
will ever give us more than 24 hours in a day (just ask a new parent, who would
be more than happy to get a few more hours in each day). The trick I learned
was less about time management and
more about energy management. In
short, do what you are best at when
you are at your best. Some people are morning people, some are night
owls. You probably know where in the day you are at your peak. The things you
do best – that’s the time to do that task.
For me, I seem to be morphing
into more of a morning person. When I get in the office (or get all the kids
off to school), that’s the time for me to put the phone on silent, put the
headphones on and crank away at all the creative projects that I have on my
agenda. Then in the afternoon, after the golden hours have passed, I can knock
out the shorter tasks that don’t requires as many cells out of my right brain.
I’ve been trying this for a
few weeks, and it’s amazing how much better the day seems to go. Even better, I
feel like I’ve accomplished something and then when I’m back home and all three
kids want to jump on my lap at the same time, I don’t mind it.
Sometimes, I can even enjoy
(ps – a free tip, after
reading this article, go straight to page 6 and read Dave’s Insane Asylum)
questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet
Making You Think
Where does common sense (or wisdom) fit in with
extravagant devotion to Christ?
What does treasuring Jesus more than our stuff
look like in practical terms? Is it wrong to have a savings account? To save
for retirement? To take good care of possessions?
Put yourself into those days before Jesus’
death. What would you have hoped to do to prepare yourself, and Jesus, for that
This woman has done what she could; she has anointed my body
beforehand for its burial.
- Mark 14:8 (NRSV)
Remind yourself in everything you do this week, “I do this for
Jesus”. This can turn some of your ‘ordinary’ tasks into worship and prevent
you from doing some things that may be…difficult…to do for Jesus.
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